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From the Hart: PFW NFL Power Rankings

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Another week of late-season NFL action, another new team atop the Wilson-Hart Power Index. This time the Falcons jumped up two spots to take over the No. 1 spot, although many still have questions about what Atlanta will do when playoff action rolls around in the next couple weeks.

The hottest team in football, Pete Carroll's high-scoring Seahawks, also moved up two slots this week, taking over the No. 2 spot. And with the Packers moving up three to No. 3, the NFC is showing its power with the top three teams in the Index.

The AFC's top team comes from Houston this week, as the Texans are at No. 4, one spot ahead of Peyton Manning's Broncos at No. 5.

The 49ers blowout loss in Seattle dropped San Francisco five positions, but Jim Harbaugh's troops remain one spot ahead of New England, which stood steady at No. 7 after a tough win in Jacksonville.

At No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, the Bears and Redskins are the highest-ranked teams that have not clinched a playoff spot, just ahead of the playoff-ready Ravens and Bengals.

Maybe the most interesting team in the Wilson-Hart Power Index is Indianapolis. Despite winning 10 games and having already clinched a playoff spot, the Colts remain at No. 24 in the Index, even after moving up three spots this week. That just shows how truly Luck-y the Colts have been to win so many games in 2012!

The numbers never lie and the Wilson-Hart Power Index has one more week of games with which to anoint a team the best in football based on a full regular season schedule of action!

This WeeksRank Last WeeksRank Movement Team Current
Record
Wilson-Hart
Power Index
1 3 up 2 Atlanta Falcons 13-2-0 4.333
2 4 up 2 Seattle Seahawks 10-5-0 5.167
3 6 up 3 Green Bay Packers 11-4-0 5.333
4 1 down 3 Houston Texans 12-3-0 6.333
5 5 same Denver Broncos 12-3-0 6.667
6 1 down 5 San Francisco 49ers 10-4-1 6.833
7 7 same New England Patriots 11-4-0 7.833
8 8 same Chicago Bears 9-6-0 8.833
9 9 same Washington Redskins 9-6-0 9.833
10 9 down 1 Baltimore Ravens 10-5-0 10.167
11 11 same Cincinnati Bengals 9-6-0 11.167
12 12 same New York Giants 8-7-0 14.167
13 14 up 1 New Orleans Saints 7-8-0 16.333
14 19 up 5 Carolina Panthers 6-9-0 16.667
14 13 down 1 Pittsburgh Steelers 7-8-0 16.667
14 19 up 5 San Diego Chargers 6-9-0 16.667
17 16 down 1 Minnesota Vikings 9-6-0 17.167
17 22 up 5 St. Louis Rams 7-7-1 17.167
19 22 up 3 Miami Dolphins 7-8-0 18.500
20 15 down 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-9-0 18.833
21 17 down 4 Dallas Cowboys 8-7-0 19.000
22 18 down 4 Arizona Cardinals 5-10-0 19.667
23 19 down 4 Cleveland Browns 5-10-0 20.000
24 27 up 3 Indianapolis Colts 10-5-0 21.000
25 24 down 1 New York Jets 6-9-0 21.833
26 26 same Buffalo Bills 5-10-0 23.167
27 25 down 2 Detroit Lions 4-11-0 24.000
28 28 same Tennessee Titans 5-10-0 25.833
29 29 same Jacksonville Jaguars 2-13-0 26.167
29 30 up 1 Oakland Raiders 4-11-0 26.167
31 31 same Philadelphia Eagles 4-11-0 27.667
32 32 same Kansas City Chiefs 2-13-0 30.500
* Team has clinched a playoff spot.

Teams in italics are out of the playoff hunt.

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